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Food in the Shop!

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Major Shop dog ALERT. Word is that there will be a food truck inside the shop tonight. What's up with that? One way or the other, it sounds like food to us. We are hoping, puleeeeeeease make it CiCi's empanadas. Puleeeeeeeeease. Maybe someone will take mercy on our so very sad eyes and give us just a bite of that flaky crust. hmmmmmmmm

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Stand Up Comedy meets Almost FREE Friday

Stand UP Comedy and Almost FREE FRiday Wines @Metro Wines.

Friday (tonight) 7 to 8pm! $10 buys you the show, a glass of wine and a lot of laughs.

Check out the show and page down for the Almost FREE Friday Wines: La Piuma Pecorino and Mureda Merlot

Cary Goff

Cary Goff is a long-time writer for the Asheville Disclaimer (most notably “Kid Care with Arnold”) and a very funny comedian. He has performed numerous times in the Laugh Your Asheville Off comedy festival, and has performed standup comedy weekly for the past two years at Asheville’s prestigious Grove Park Inn. Cary has opened for Comedy Central’s Joe Zimmerman, has been the featured comedian at shows around the Southeast and has produced literally hundreds of comedy shows here in WNC as a cofounder of Disclaimer Comedy. He enjoys nothing more than idly chatting away with brand-new friends on Facebook. He is also the editor of The Simpleton Review.

 

 

Minori Hinds 

Minori Hinds hails from the mountains of Osaka to Asheville, North Carolina. Growing up in Japan, California, Illinois, and Michigan, she delivers her droll, multicultural goofiness on every kind of stage available.

Matching a fondness for the rude and absurd with her irreverent insights, her jokes on topics ranging from drugs to sex, race to politics have delighted audiences in Denver, Atlanta, Greenville, and all over the Southeast.

Minori has opened for national headliners such as Kyle Kinane, Myq Kaplan, and Rory Scovel, and was voted third best comedian in western North Carolina by the Mountain Xpress readers’ poll in 2012. She hopes people enjoy her in the upcoming years enough to one day afford health insurance.

 

Justin Thompson

Justin Thompson is a young comedian and a South Carolina native. His biggest achievement is not moving back in with his parents.

 For information on this week’s featured wines at the Metro Show, please click here.

For questions or advance tickets (which will also be available at the door), please contact Gina Trippi at Metro Wines at (828) 273-5348.

Metro Wines is located at 169 Charlotte St., Asheville, NC, 28801. Owners John Kerr and Gina Trippi opened Metro Wines and celebrated their grand opening April 27, 2013. Metro Wines is in the space of the former Wine Studio, just down the street from City Bakery, The Chop Shop and a very pleasant walking distance to The Grove Park Inn. And there is plenty of parking!

Metro Wines offers a wide selection of wines focusing on pairing just the right wine with any dish or event. Metro Wines also offers Fentiman’s Tonic water, Rose Lemonade and Saratoga Water, the only sparkling water bottled in the U.S. giving this extraordinary water a low carbon footprint. Here you will find grape specific shelves as well as categories ranging “from $10 and under” to the “bucket list” to “a bad hair day.” John and Gina share the philosophy that wine is about friends, family and community. Both are always available to answer questions, offer suggestions, share stories and work with your caterer or event planner.  You can contact the store by calling (828) 575-9525 or visit them online at www.MetroWinesAsheville.com.

Metro Wines hours:

Tuesday – Saturday: Noon – 8 p.m.

Sunday: Noon – 5 p.m.

Disclaimer Comedy presents top-notch stand-up comedy in venues such as Lexington Avenue Brewery (LAB), the Grove Park Inn, The Southern, and Laugh Your Asheville Off comedy festival, among other places too dodgy to mention in public. Find out more at http://www.disclaimercomedy.com
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Mureda Merlot 2011

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Organic, complex with dark fruit on the nose and palate, this 100% Merlot comes from Castilla La Mancha just south and east of Madrid. Oak aged. The area is probably better known for its deep cultural history than wine. Famous for Manchego cheese and Don Quixote, the region is home to various World Heritage sites including medieval castles, stone age rock fences and noted cities of Toledo and Cuenca. Another bottle that just cannot be beat for the price.

 

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LA PiUMA

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La Piuma Pecorino 

Sweet notes of apple and pear tease your nose and, coupled with lighter hints of jasmine, combine to make the perfect complement to a seafood feast of fresh fish and oysters.  The mild acidity is enjoyable yet not overbearing.  This lean, crisp and racy white from Italy has a citrusy nose with tropical fruits and mineral notes. You will want to share with friends and family! This is a limited release wine, but Metro Wines is fully stocked, have no fear, you can reserve more than one bottle at only $9.79! A great wine for Almost Free Friday. 

La Piuma Pecorino hails from the Abruzzo wine region of Italy, situated two hours east of Rome between the Adriatic Sea and the Maiella Mountains, where the vines enjoy a unique microclimate subject to varying temperatures featuring plenty of sunshine and rainfall. 

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El Molet 2009 Spain

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The Metro Wines Tasting Panel is of the opinion that it is not always easy to find a dry red done well at this price. We stand behind this one. El Molet, a blend of 85% Tempranillo and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, is oak aged for 6 months

88 Points - "Inky ruby. Floral aromas of blackberry, tobacco, licorice and dark chocolate. Suave on entry, then firmer in the middle, with an edge of acidity to the dark berry, bitter cherry and mocha flavors. Slightly dry tannins add grip to the spicy, focused finish. This needs some air or bottle age." -Josh Raynolds, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Issue 152, September/October 2010.

TASTING NOTES:
90 Points - [Refers to previous vintage] - "Deep, bright red. Fresh red berry and baking spice aromas are strikingly brisk and focused. Racy, light-bodied raspberry and cherry flavors are unencumbered by tannins but nicely framed by juicy acidity. Pinot-like in its vivacious, red-fruit expression and firm finishing cut. This is really delicious." -Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Issue 140, September/October 2008.

90 Points - [Refers to previous vintage] - "The 2007 El Molinet is a blend of 85% Tempranillo and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon aged for six months in seasoned oak before bottling without filtration. Purple-colored, the wine has an expressive perfume of cedar, tobacco, mineral, and blackberry. Smooth-textured and layered, this ripe, spicy wine has a forward personality and a lengthy finish. Drink it over the next five years." -The Wine Advocate, Issue 178, August 2008.

PRODUCER'S NOTES:
This project started as a tribute to Tempranillo by winemaker Joaquin Galvez and Aurelio. With Tempranillo forming the backbone of Spain’s most famous wines, the La Viña Cooperative in Valencia planted Tempranillo widely with the goal of reproducing some of the qualities of those famous wines. This project would not be possible without the wealth of vineyards and range of altitudes the coop has planted. Contrary to popular opinion that Valencia is too warm for Tempranillo, the cooperative has planted the varietal at a range of altitudes from 300 to nearly 900 meters above sea level, at these high altitudes, the Tempranillo ripens slowly developing a tremendous aromatic potential. The lower altitude vines take advantage of cooling sea breezes and the higher altitude vines cooler night to maintain and develop those aromatic qualities. The reason Cabernet Sauvignon is blended into the wine is to allow for a stylistic continuity vintage to vintage.

$16.49

Grapes of Spain.com says this of the winery and the wine:

El Molet 2009

Region: Valencia D.O.
Winery: D'ESTE VINO (EL MOLET)

Grapes: 90% Tempranillo and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
Vintage: 2009
Color: Red 

This project started as a tribute to Tempranillo by winemaker Joaquin Galvez and Aurelio. With Tempranillo forming the backbone of Spain’s most famous wines, the La Viña Cooperative in Valencia planted Tempranillo widely with the goal of reproducing some of the qualities of those famous wines. This project would not be possible without the wealth of vineyards and range of altitudes the coop has planted. Contrary to popular opinion that Valencia is too warm for Tempranillo, the cooperative has planted the varietal at a range of altitudes from 300 to nearly 900 meters above sea level, at these high altitudes, the Tempranillo ripens slowly developing a tremendous aromatic potential. The lower altitude vines take advantage of cooling sea breezes and the higher altitude vines cooler night to maintain and develop those aromatic qualities. The reason Cabernet Sauvignon is blended into the wine is to allow for a stylistic continuity vintage to vintage. 

The Autumn weather was mild and allowed for gradual sugar accumulation at the end of the growing season. There was a 2 week gap between harvesting Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauviginon. The grapes were fermented separately in temperature-controlled, stainless steel tanks with periodic pump over. There is no press wine used in the final blend of the wine as Joaquin seeks to gain all of the structure and character of fruit he needs during fermentation. After malolactic fermentation in stainless steel the wine is racked to barrel and aged for 6 months prior to being bottled unfiltered.

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Secateurs Chenin Blanc, South Africa

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2012 A.A. Badenhorst "Secateurs" Chenin Blanc Swartland

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

  The 2012 Secateurs Chenin Blanc has a light but pure bouquet with lemon peel, grapefruit and hints of wet wool. The palate is crisp and vibrant on the entry with touches of lanolin and litchi nuts. This is so well balanced – uncomplicated but delicious. Drink now.   (12/ 2012)

90 points Wine Spectator

  Bright and engaging, with lots of white peach, Jonagold apple and Cavaillon melon notes offset by a bright floral edge. The pure, unadorned finish sails on. Drink now. 15,000 cases made.—J.M.   (6/ 2013)

89 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

  Bright, light yellow. Peachy fruit salad and spice aromas are enlivened by grapefruit pith. Rich and silky, with a slightly sweet impression nicely countered by harmonious acidity. Round and fairly full in the mouth and still a bit youthfully aggressive. Finishes nicely dry, with hints of ripe stone fruits and quince.   (6/ 2013)

 

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Josh Sauvignon Blanc

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The winemaker says friends all lend a hand in this "winemaker's wine" jokingly and lovingly called "vin de garage" that was made for themselves. This Sauvignon Blanc is made in an approachable California style. Read, not overly grassy on nose or palate. Bright citrus and tropical fruit with hints of dried herbs and a crisp finish. This is a high quality, hand crafted wine made in the old world style on the North Coast of California. Vines are organically and sustainably farmed. Eric Asimov of The New York Times calls the winemaker a "producer to watch" and favorably compared his wines to Far Niente, Clos du Val and Grigch Hills.

Josh is the second label for Joseph Carr. The winery says: Joseph Carr was an award winning Sommelier and international wine industry executive who set out on his own in 2005 and founded Joseph Carr Winery in Carneros, California. It was, as Mr. Carr says, a chance to follow a dream. “We're a family owned company dedicated to making world class, handcrafted wines. We work with small growers, coopers and winemakers producing elegant, sophisticated, yet approachable wines from Napa Valley, Carneros, and the North Coast of California.”

Oh yeah, the name. The winemaker's father was named Joseph as is he but dad's friends called him "Josh." Josh was known as a passionate stock car racer who was as unassuming, says son, as is this wine.

Sold out on many internet wine sites, we still have Josh and at a great price, $12.49.

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Cigar Zin

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Cult favorite turned nationwide best seller. It happens. It happened. Cigar Zin is 90% Zinfandel, 5% Petite Sirah and 5% Syrah.

First let us say that this is a big, bold, talk back and get detention kind of wine BUT it is not jammy.  Similar in taste to the Zinfandel grape, Petite Sirah is often added to give a wine more weight, fuller body and to nail down that BIGness and tone down the Zinfandel's tendency to go jammy.  Rich, enveloping aromas on the nose leading with blackberries, crushed pepper (the restaurant kind) spice and a hint of cocoa make a consistent transition to the palate. Aged 50% in French Oak and 50% in American Oak Barrels, you will find Cigar Zin to be well-structured with hearty exotic fruit tastes. Gathering fruit from Lodi, Mendicino and High Valley, the wine  offers a wide range of fruit flavors.

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So, this is, without question, a steak and heavy pasta kind of wine. Save a glass for after dinner with, what else, a cigar. 13.5% alcohol

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This just in: Valle dell' Acate retweets Metro

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Santa Ema Sauvignon Blanc Select Terroir, 2012, Chile

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Native to the Bordeaux Region of France, this green skinned grape likely takes its name from the French word "sauvage" meaning wild and "blanc," white. Now grown and made wine all over the world, the version from Chile, such as Santa Ema, is most similar to the French style. Generally light to medium in body, the grapes take on the particular characteristics of its home terroir.

Located just south of the capital city, Santiago, Maipo Valley, sitting at the northern end of Chile's Central Valley, is headquarters to some of the world's best known wineries, so much so that is is sometimes called the "Bordeaux of South America." Santa Ema, noted by Wine Spectator for offering the "World's Finest Value Brands," was established by Pedro Pavone, the son of Italian winemakers from the Piedmont region. Arriving in the Maipo Valley in 1917, Pavone spent his early years tending vineyards for other wineries. In 1955, he decided to start his own, Santa Ema.

Chilean Sauvignon Blancs tend to be quite aromatic and tropical on the palate. Santa Ema is no exception. Remarkably clear and bright straw in color, the aroma is fresh citrus including ripe pears and green apples. Notes of fine herbs add complexity to the nose and palate. Fresh, voluminous  and lively on the plate, this 100% Sauvignon Blanc offers well balanced acidity and a deliciously fruity finish.

Santa Ema is a sustainable winery following environmentally friendly practices and socially responsible policies. 13% alcohol. $9.99.

 

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Shop Dog Soup Recipe

Anything with a sweet potato. Did I say sweet potato? Yeah, anything with a sweet potato. Maybe a little sage. Parsley. And this bad boy:

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I can most definitely recommend the Coconut Sweet Potato Bisque, page 66!, in the Tupelo Honey Cafe Cookbook. The authors, Elizabeth Sims with Chef Brian Sonoskus suggest a Gewürztraminer. We have great bottles at the shop. The staff can pick one for you depending on what herbs and spices and what else is in your pot. 

Your Shop Dog, Bandit

PS: I have a potato to pick with Gary! He called me "The Big Solid" last week. And that would not bother me except it stuck! OK. True, I am a moose of a greyhound. But it's all heart. 

Hey Gary, Cate here. I am going to jump in on this. Just to say that what some call The Big Solid, others, like me Cate, call "beefcake." I have my issues with Bandit, but he is a one good looking hunka hunka burnin' love.

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Silvia

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About Silvia:
 
According to Elio Altare the problem now a days is that the different winemakers use consultants in their effort to produce the best possible wine.
 
These consultants pop by from time to time, spend a few hours at the estate and tell the owner how to make the wines. These consultants don't know the land and they don't have the background and knowledge about the particulary terroir. This tend to lead to wines tasting all the same, even if they are from different producers in the area because they are all made the same way!
 
Elio Altare strongly feels that the only way of producing the best possible wines is by knowing the land, the terroir, the climate, the different types of weather, the condition of the soil etc. The only way of knowing that is by being present all the time - 365 days a year. As a consumer this can be put into 2 tiny words - Azienda Agricola!
 
This means that the winemaker is present at his own estate and knows all about his land, his grapes, the weather, the soil etc.
 
Elio is present - both in the vineyards and at this tasting and you can see him transform into a passionate mood, when we speak about winemaking.
 
Strong feelings, strong emotions - every bit of passion is in these bottles, every bit of temper is in these bottles.
That is why Elio Altares wines are so extraordinary well made - second to none!
 
All the time during our little conversation still with a very friendly attitude and Silvia laughing and joking with her father.
It is crystal clear that there is love and unity in this family.
 
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From winegeeks.com

Elio Altare

By Sunny Brown  Barolo. One of the greatest places on earth for a wine lover. This is one of the family homes of Italian wine, and certainly a birthplace for the modern successes. You can smell it in the air, feel it in the soil, and even taste it in the local cuisine. When viewing the green hills that roil and roll with vineyards and tiny hamlets a sense of belonging wells up within my throat. Not that I belong here, but that these hills, and these people and these wines belong to this place. We live in a time when the Crus of Barolo are as well known as those of Burgundy. When the wines can command high prices, praise and ratings from all the usual suspects. When serving a bottle of Barolo means something.


But it was not always so. In the 1970s lowly Dolcetto fetched a higher price than Barolo. The magic of the wines were lost in a system that paid by weight, not quality. Vineyards were plowed by oxen. Fertilizers and chemicals were used with reckless abandon. Everything felt old- The barrels, the techniques, the wines.

Since then we have witnessed a revolution. So how does one reach such amazing heights within such a short time? Innovation and hard work. No one producer in Piedmont symbolizes this more than Elio Altare. His wines are some of the best in Barolo, though his efforts to modernize a distinctly old world region have brought both inspiration and heartache. No one has ever claimed that revolution was easy.

Cut into the hills just below the town of La Morra lays the courtyard of Elio Altare, one that the family shares with Mauro Veglio. It is not the easiest place in the world to find, but the effort is supremely rewarded with spectacular views of Barolo. It is amazing how some of the most famous vineyards in the world can be spotted, as casually as if you were discussing the next block over in your neighborhood. “Over there is Bricco Boschis, then Brunate, and over there past Serralunga d’Alba is…”

We were met by Elena, younger of the two daughters Altare. She began our tour but was quickly ushered back to her studies by her older sister Silvia. Vibrant and energetic, Silvia practically buzzed about the winery and her love for the whole of Piedmont. She described the region as a landscape of farmers and small winemakers (700 families farming just 1750 acres) and that unlike many other regions in Italy, all the money made here goes back into vines and wineries in an effort to improve the already fantastic products. “The standard for Barolo is very high,” she said. ”If you don’t make good wines you don’t sell.” 

The winery is lovely. Centered in the heart of the vines below the hilltop town of La Morra but above the town of Annunziata, the terra cotta and brick walls lead into a smartly adorned tasting room. We were given a tour of the facilities, and the reoccurring theme was modernity. Shining stainless steel tanks gave way to bright and clean barriques. I could almost smell the charring of the barrels, they seemed that new. This is a testament to the style and philosophy of Elio Altare. 

Elio took a trip in the 1970’s to France, where he discovered an entirely new way of thinking in regards to wine. “My father was very young and active,” as Silvia described it. “He traveled to Burgundy where he saw shorter fermentation times. He saw the importance that was placed on the soil and in the vineyard. He saw green harvests. He drew much inspiration from this.” These ideas were a far cry from the traditional methods that Elio had been taught by his father Giovanni. Change did not come easy. Many of the old ways of farming had been handed down from one generation to the next. 

The tension between father and son reached a crescendo when Elio used a chainsaw to remove all of the old barrels from the cellars of Cascina Nuova, the name of the winery at that time. Elio was stripped of his inheritance, and it was not until Giovanni’s death in 1985 that Elio was allowed back to the winery. 

He had spent the time in between studying and working amongst the vines, learning their secrets and formulating a plan for when he would be allowed to make his own wines. This plan involved rigorous pruning of the vines, green harvests that lasted from July through August, and an overall approach that places emphasis on organic methods. A serious case of pesticide poisoning in 1982 only hardened his resolve.

There are many legends that speak of Elio’s dedication to the vine. While sleeping in the cellar to “listen” to his wines or eating the tartrate crystals to get potassium may be more quaint, my favorite is of his diary in which he recorded daily observations on the weather, his technical approach to the wines and what worked and what did not. This diary became the blueprint for the successes that followed.

In the winery the approach is just as cutting edge. Rotary fermenters, short fermentations in stainless steel followed by micro-oxygenation and aging the wines sur lie in small oak barriques are just a few of the daring innovations that Altare has brought to Barolo. Other techniques such as using only indigenous yeasts and allowing malolactic fermentation to occur naturally may not be quite so uncommon, but they certainly speak volumes about their commitment to quality. All of the wines of Altare are bottled without fining or filtration.

While the wines of Altare remain faithful to the elegant and plush style of wine produced in the sand, marl and tufa soils found in the commune of La Morra, they contain a freshness and concentration that is a notch above the rest. They were as a whole more juicy and approachable than many of their brethren at that stage. The Barolos are amazing and lovely, with an excellent balance of tannins and acid, their fragrance a haunting reminder of what it means to be Barolo- Soil, perfume and elegance. The charming Dolcetto was big enough to pass for California Pinot Noir, at once a fresh, fruity and friendly version of the grape. 

Also in the line-up is the L’Insieme, a wine that is one of eight different versions produced under the same label by some of the finest names in Barolo- Corino, Grasso, Molino and Revello just to name a few. Each producer crafts their own wine, but they all sell as L'Insieme. Started as a joint project amongst friends intended to raise funds to restore local historical treasures, five euro from each bottle is set aside and now L’Insieme raises over $120,000 each year for charitable causes that are located in all parts of the world, from South Africa to South America. The name means “together” in Italian, and refers both to the friendship that created this wine, and also to the marriage of traditional local grapes such as Barbera and Nebbiolo to international varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The L’Insieme is an international superstar. 

The success of Elio Altare rolls on, as each year the wines are celebrated by the prestigious Gambero Rosso as some of the best in all of Italy. While not everyone agrees with Altare’s approach to winemaking, no one can argue with the results. In the years since he first drew inspiration from a trip to Burgundy in which he slept in his car to save money, Altare has shifted from the role of young rogue to learned master, and spends his time now sharing his secrets with some of the best and brightest in Barolo. 

In the end Altare remains a family affair. Elena studied in Enology, while Silvia focused on Economics. The future of this winery, long considered the future of Italian wine, looks incredibly bright. The Altare daughters represent the next generation of great Italian wine, though this time the concept of L’Insieme, together, will remain at the forefront of the Altare family.  

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Rouge Bleu, AltaRoses, Taburno: Weekend 9/20/2013

By Kevin Tuomey with Gina Trippi of The Metro Wines Tasting Panel

 

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As the summer rolls down to cool nights and warm days, its nice to remember back to the spring. Pale salmon in color, a chilled bottle of Domaine Rouge-Bleu Dentelle 2011made in the Provencal style will bring us back to those fresh spring days. With a light nose of early flowers subtle pink color and flavors of small wild strawberries, share this bottle with friends on a late afternoon. Bread and cheese or a little summer tart of crab or late berries would be the perfect way to enjoy this wine while watching a golden setting sun. $10.99

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Rich color, smells of fresh earth and leather with hints of blackberry strike the nose of the unique Altaroses, Granatxa fine de Darmos. The wine is made in a style of wine making that produces a wine infused with flavor and balance rather then the forced extraction of fruit and depth by some of Spain's more widely known versions of this varietal. The Anguera Brothers chose to use the varietal name Granatxa, Old Catalan for Garnacha, as an emblem of this lighter, traditional style of Montsant wines. The tannic finish of this 2011 wine seems to predict that it will age well in the bottle. Probably best to decant and then serve with a robust grilling of Neiman Ranch pork, or slow braised short ribs. Biodynamic Certification 2012. $15.49

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As the Italian ground sometimes shakes  around the vineyards so will this 2008 Aglianico Del Taburno, Fontanavecchia perhaps move your palate. French oaked aged, this 100% black skinned Anglianico is produced from vines dating back to 1850. Today, the father and son winemaking team toil the vineyards, sleeping there when necessary to find the perfect grapes for Taburno. This dark garnet, wonderfully musky, bitter chocolate tasting glass of wine begs to be decanted and paired with a bold meal of charcuterie, slow roasts, and big rich desserts. The slight tightness hints that this 2008 will lay down well for future celebrations as well. With the limited availability this wine will also make a wonderful gift to our wine loving friends. $16.49

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Con Class Saddles Up on Lonely Grape Day

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Saddling up to Frontier Red on Lonely Grape Day is Con Class Verdejo 2011. This Eric Solomon is from the Rueda Wine Region just southwest of the center of Spain and south of the River Duero. Rueda's Verdejo became a commercial success in the 1700s based in part on the clarification process to make the wines glassy in appearance.

6th generation winemaker Ricardo Sanz has chosen Verdejo grapes grown organically and then aged in stainless steel. Light straw in color, the nose is acacia flowers, grapefruit and gooseberries with appropriately weighted grassy notes. Light on the palate, the taste is citrus, refreshing and crisp. I know what you're thinking. This sounds summer. And it does work summer hard but where there's food, there's a place for a crisp white. You might enjoy this as an aperitif, salad with vinaigrette, with salmon or on a clear but cold night that calls for the same in a glass.  $11.99

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Fess Parker Frontier Red on Lonely Grape Day

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As good as this wine is, and although you know most of the grapes in the blend, the bottle is seriously lonely. Look at it! It is not everyday that a customer ties up their horse outside Metro Wines and says: "Howdy partner, hit me with a good bottle of red with a coon skin cap on the label!" So we are pouring. Come taste. 

Frontier Red California Red Wine from Fess Parker

100% barrel aged blend of 49% Syrah, 17% Cabernet Franc, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Mouvedre, 7% Grenache, 6% Merlot, 3% Petite Sirah, 1% Zinfandel, 1% Counoise, 1% Carignane and, finally, 1% Cinsault. When Fess Parker says "blend," he means it!

From Santa Barbara County Vineyards, French Camp in Paso Robles and Stonewall Vineyard in Ventura County, Frontier Red is a value oriented wine made," according to the winemaker in the same pioneering, genuine, down to earth spirit of the frontiersmen who first tamed this land." Gary of The Metro Wines Tasting Panel hogtied and tamed this big wine last week demanding it play nice with a wide range of dishes including the unthinkable: German sausage, brussels spouts and kale. Success. Gary reports that Frontier Red, although easy drinking all by its rugged individualist self, the wine "came alive with food."

The extraordinarily complex, multi-grape blend offers a smorgasbord of flavors. On both the nose and palate, you will find dark cherry, plum, vanilla and mocha notes. Frontier Red serves up a full mouthfeel adding chocolate and vanilla with blueberry and cranberry all wrapped in toasty oak undertones and spice. Long lasting finish. Fess Parker Winery says this is your perfect BBQ wine. Football is ON. Buy a case. $11.99. 10% off 6 and 15% off a case. Score!

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Domaine Martinolles Chardonnay is Almost FREE

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Domaine Martinolles Chardonnay 2012, White Languedoc Wine

Covering 247 acres, Domaine Martinolles sits pretty in the hills surrounding the village of St. Hilaire and is bathed in the Mediterranean climate of this Limoux wine region. The terroir has been known for wine since the Romans. At the western most point of Languedoc, the Limoux wine region is just south of the medieval city of Carcassonne. The dual influences of the Atlantic Ocean bringing cool and wet weather blended with the Mediterranean which presents hot and dry conditions, gives the Limoux a most unique climate and the wines a most unique character and elegance.

The Vergnes Family has owned Domaine de Martinolles since 1926. While the estate has been enlarged over the years, it sits on the same hillsides that the monks of St. Hilaire cultivated in 1531 when they one-uped the Romans and produced the world's first sparkling wine. The vines were and are planted in chalky soils at elevations ranging from 200 to 600 meters and are farmed without herbicides or fertilizers. Domaine de Martinolles is a member of Terra Vitis, an organization that certifies the practice of sustainable agriculture. The harvest is carried out at dawn to protect the grapes from the midday heat and oxidation. The crushed grapes rest with their skins for a day before pressing giving the wine more body and texture.

Pale yellow in color, the nose offers aromas of white flowers with a hint of fruit and honey. The palate is crisp lemon, some say lime also, with a refreshing decidedly not over the top acidity.

The highly regarded importer, Wine Traditions, says this wine has an aging potential of 7 years. We say you can but you won't. This wine is a vicarious trip to beautiful Languedoc France in a bottle. if you close your eyes and take a sip, it's all there. Domaine de Martinolles is a keeper, but you won't.

And at the special price of $10 on Friday, Domaine de Martinolles is, all together now, Almost FREE.

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FLACO on Almost FREE Friday

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FLACO Tempranillo 2012  Wine Spectator, 87 Points

FLACO is a product of Vinos de Madrid, that is, the vineyards around the capital city. The area offers an intriguing wine growing region for the Tempranillo grape which, in large part, forms the backbone of some of the finest reds made in Spain. From the Arganda District a little southeast of Madrid, the vineyards sit on clay over granite subsoil at about 2400 feet. The elevation makes for what we have come to know and love in our wines, that stark difference in day and night temperatures insuring the gradual and balanced maturation of the fruit.

At $8.50, FLACO is one of those wines where you would probably not guess the price in a blind tasting and, then, once knowing, you really must ask how do they do it for that price? Part of the price is that Madrid is not yet known as a grape growing region. and cannot command a high price, yet. But that's what we do here @Metro Wines, look for great values, sometimes, as here, in lesser known regions, before mass marketing drives up the price! And Vinos de Madrid is about to go on wine radar.

Tempranillo is a thick skinned, youthful, almost playful grape. Flaco is aged in a combination of stainless steel and cement tanks to bring forth that exuberance. Uncork and give a little air. On the nose, you will find plum and earth. The flavor could be described as exotic flashing around tastes of clove and black licorice with berry, baked plum and a touch of vanilla lush and big on the palate. Carrying the clove all the way, the finish closes with cherry. An easy drinker all alone, Flaco can also make food sing. Potluck perfect, it would be hard to find a reason to dislike Flaco, and it sure wouldn't be the price! Buy it by the case. At $8.50 a bottle with a 15% discount, Flaco is, you know, almost FREE.

Ah yes, again, the name. Word has it that Flaco means "dude."

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Hook and Ladder Cabernet Franc

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Review by Kevin Tuomey, Metro Wines Tasting Panel

When we think of great small estate wines, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir come to mind. Cabernet Franc, on the other hand, is the grape that gets little respect. The Hook and Ladder 2010 vintage Cabernet Franc with its wonderful deep ruby color and hints of perfect cigars and juicy sun ripened raspberries, will be the bottle that makes you take notice. The light tannins allow for a smooth finish that lingers wonderfully by itself or a perfect complement to a cinnamon braised venison with root vegetables. Come in and try this wonderful find.

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Can Feixes Blanc Seleccio 2012

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Penedes Dry White Wine  

89 Points from "Wines Spectator," "Wine Advocate" and "International Wine Cellar." Strong in composition, most critics who reviewed this wine say, unlike many white wines, maybe most white wines, Penedes is good to go until 2016.

The Huguet Family Estate, Can Feixes, sits on the highest limit of the Penedes district. this grape growing region is comprised of gravelly mineral soils and a relatively extreme and dry climate. As a result, the white wines are elegant, concentrated and minerally in character. Minerally?  Dave McIntyre of the Washington Post offered some great comments on this touted characteristic: "Wine geeks tend to describe minerality, a very desired quality in wine as "drinking stones" or something ridiculous like that. Taste this wine, and you'll understand. This is a blend of parellada, macabeo, chardonnay and a smidgen of malvasia, grown in high-altitude, gravelly soils in a vineyard that has been owned by only two families since decades before Columbus sailed the ocean blue. Intriquing aromas of herbs, sea air and grass are crystalized into stony, well, there's no better way to describe the flavors." (August 1, 2011)

Made with organic grapes, the aromas are intense with recognizable scents of melon, honeysuckle, mandarin orange and ground ginger. In addition to the minerality, OK, I am going to say it, wet stone, add flavors of lemon curd (a particular favorite of yours truly) and pear. Round and medium bodied, and although this is not a sparkling wine, you might see a few bubble making their way into your glass. Once there, Penedes is a lovely, light yellow color. For a wedding or special occasion, the wine is also in a beautiful tall bottle with a dignified label that will class up any table.

At 12% alcohol you probably won't re-cork. This is what The Metro Wines Tasting Panel calls "a bottle with dinner wine." $14.99

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Flashing Cash!

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All kinds of people come to our shop.  We are hosting a private party for OnTrack on Monday Night. This is Hammish. You know him from his blatant and pitiful attempt to bribe The Grove Park Sunset Mountain Neighborhood Association to snag a spot on the house tour. BTW, it didn't work. While Hammish is not a financial genius, he is all we have going for us. Flashing cash is bad enough but between your lips! Ugh. Anyway, if you have issues with money, OnTrack can help. Your shop dogs, Cate and Bandit.

 

This is what they do:

Welcome to OnTrack Financial Education & Counseling (OnTrack WNC),

Western North Carolina's trusted non-profit source for financial education and counseling for over 30 years. We help people achieve their money and housing goals through financial education, counseling, and support so that they can overcome crises, afford their basic needs, improve their money-management skills, and make financial choices rooted in their values.

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